Courtney T. Ball

Category - Relationships

The Miracle of Merging

Next week, Emmy and I will have been married fourteen years. I have now known Emmy for more of my life than I have not known her. Or, to put it another way, I’ve been with Emmy for the better part of my life. As we approach our fourteenth wedding anniversary, I think again about Genesis 2:24, where it says, “Therefore shall a man leave his...

Saying Goodbye to Moses

Next Monday evening my family will say goodbye to our dog, Moses. It’s a strange and troubling responsibility to decide when the life of your pet will end. This is the first time I have ever had to do it. And even though I know it’s right, it’s hard. Over the years, most of my neighbors have seen me walking Moses regularly, and have also...

Things Will Go Wrong

“Now, I’m going to tell you what could be the most important thing to discuss with the bride during wedding planning.” He had my attention. As a young new minister, my first wedding was coming up, and I was clueless. Luckily, the Lead Pastor had officiated at hundreds of wedding ceremonies. Having taken copious notes as he talked me...

Love Over Darkness: How a Beheaded Priest Becomes the Patron Saint of Lovers

Photo by my friend Hannah White; check out her website. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and lest we forget, marketers have made sure to place flowers, hearts, and chocolate wherever our eyes may rest. It’s a time to celebrate romantic love! And as much as I hate the commercialism attached to holidays, I must say that I do still like to celebrate...